Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
What do you think about this? What do you think should happen to the creator of Emily the Strange? How should the original author and illustrator be compensated?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Help me find some more!
Friday, October 10, 2008
The best part came when we stalked the actors after the show. They were generous with their time and talked with us for at least a half an hour.
If any students out there want to come next time come see me in the library. If we can get 10 students to go, the tickets will only be $15!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Review sources mentioned:
Some are librarians, some are young readers, some are less young readers... all are interesting. In my further exploration of this, there are many, many folks out there blogging about YA fiction. Reviewer X has a GIANT list of these folks' blogs on her blogroll. Other folks do as well. These are the ones that I follow regularly in my Google Reader and like. Explore at will!
Favorite Teenage Angstbooks: Book Reviews
Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!
The YA YA YAs
Alternative Teen Services » YA Books
YA or STFU
Bookshelves of Doom
The Chick Manifesto
Young Adult Book Bloggers
Here are the two student review blogs:
And Another Book Read
WORD for teens
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Stevie Wonder is one of my favorites. I think because my dad is a fan and the music reminds me of him. So, news of note today is that the Library of Congress has honored Stevie with the Gershwin Prize.
As some of you juniors know, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and holds most of the books published in the United States. It also has amazing collections of photographs, maps and manuscripts. Many of the photos from the Library of Congress can be viewed on Flickr.com. The library was established 208 years ago in 1800 by President John Adams. To read more about it go here to the history section of the LOC webpage.
Friday, August 29, 2008
So, in all my blog reading, I came across this great article about school lunches and trash. Think for a minute about your lunches whether you buy them here or bring them from home. How much do you throw away after each one? What things do you re-use? Then read the article. What can you do to reduce the amount of trash you throw away every day?!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Hello all you studious students. Welcome back to school! I hope your summers were fabulous and relaxing. Don't forget to check back here for all kinds of snazzy library or school-related links and fun facts.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
One final link to share with you as the year draws to a close. Yesterday I found this great site called Today in Literature. Each day, the site offers a story and a picture about a significant person or work of literature. Today's entry is about the death of Anne Bronte, the sister of those other, slightly more famous authors who wrote Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Enjoy!
And more importantly, enjoy the summer!
Monday, April 21, 2008
- Habitat for Humanity's Build-a-thon
- Read about Earth Day happenings in Castro Valley
- UC Berkeley is hosting Earth Week
- watch KQED's Earth Day special on Quest
- Go to the Aquarium of the Bay for special Earth Day events!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Here's a prize winning poem by unpublished poet Polly Atkin. I ran across it today in an article in the Guardian, a British newspaper. How does the description of the surroundings on each day make YOU feel?
Seven Nights of Uncreation
On the first night I woke up deep underwater,
dry as a fish-bone in the belly of a ship,
the heavy silence below the water-line
punctured by crackings like timbers or bones
smashing to splinters on unseen rocks.
I was blind, trapped. Utterly lost.
On the second a glimmer of pinkish light
showed pillars rising from lengthening sides
to meet in the curve of the ceiling like arches.
Something within me could tell without asking
that these were the ribs of a monstrous creature,
the platform I stood on, its lung.
On the third night the taste of the dark was different;
I felt right at once I was deep underground
with the weight of the wet earth driving me down,
the metallic blood-tang of hewn rock in my mouth
and a prescient knowledge I'd never get out.
I was buried, the cave was a tomb.
By the fourth night of this I was wary of dreams,
the days between blinking, plagued by impressions
I did not recall from the nights' haunting visions,
but knew from their otherness they were the same.
I arrived just like home on a wide open plain,
but the wind spoke in alien tongues.
On the fifth night I rose to the ridge of a hill,
my eyes fixed by chance to a passage below,
where a sad slow procession wound its way north
into shadow, hung over the land like a hawk.
I felt it important to watch, but the wind
and the rain relieved me of sight.
On the six night I fell into nothing. Nothing
smothered me, crushing and crowding around,
everywhere, blankness rubbing me out
inch by inch, until I was nothing. I stuttered,
coughed when I tried to speak.
When I tried to scream I was mute.
The seventh night was a night of rest.
I crouched awake til the birds' dawn chorus,
hearing them singing to hours of darkness,
thinking I'm them; I am just like the birds,
tricked into ludicrous song by illusion,
tricked to believe in the false dawn light.
On the dawn of the eighth day I unlocked my limbs,
and stepped into a new life.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Here is a lovely publication by teenage writers, for teenage audiences, specifically young women. It's called Alive. You can either view the features online or you can download the whole thing and read it on the computer like a magazine.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
- Instructions about how to use the catalog are on the Library FAQs web page here.
- Instructions for the databases and our all new exciting e-books are to follow.
Friday, January 18, 2008
- The Golden Compass (If you liked the movie, you'll love the book!)
- The Subtle Knife (The sequel!)
- The Amber Spyglass (The third and last book...)
- Reservation Blues (a book by Sherman Alexie... Native American story about a band...so fabulous!)
- The Green Glass Sea (a novel told from the perspective of a girl living in Los Alamos as the atomic bomb is being developed)